Achieving for Children

Richmond tops national leader board for support offered to troubled families

The support we provide to some of the most vulnerable families we work with has been recognised as the best in the country. Six hundred and fifty local families identified as needing additional support are receiving the help they need from Achieving for Children, making Richmond the only borough in London to achieve the Government target.

Last month, our work to deliver the Troubled Families Programme was praised by the Government for being a leader in the capital. Now the programme is a national leader – helping 100% of families identified as needing the assistance.

Phase two of the Troubled Families Programme was launched in 2015. The aim of the programme is for councils and local partner organisations to work together with local families who have multiple problems including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. The ambition is to support families using local interventions and help ‘turn their lives around’. This could include getting children back into school, reducing youth crime and anti-social behaviour, putting adults on a path back into work and reducing the high costs these families place on the public purse.

The Government has identified 650 families in Richmond that need specific support over a five-year period. AfC social workers and the Strengthening Families Service have now helped all 650 families and continued to sustain positive outcomes, placing the borough at the top of the league table in London.

Ian Dodds, Managing Director, Achieving for Children, said: “We are proud of the way our Strengthening Families Service has led this programme and worked diligently with internal and external partners and agencies to achieve such a positive outcome for Richmond residents. This demonstrates the commitment of AfC in delivering sustainable change for vulnerable families in our community.”

September 2019